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2021 | Library Common Read: Fall

One Book-One Read-One SAC


1st place

Chris Jordan

2nd place

Lori Plata

3rd place

Nerissa Wiggins


1st place

Katlyn Rullo

2nd place

Jalen Sanchez

3rd place

Natalia Arispe

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Supporting Local Businesses


We're proud to use a local bookstore to support our community and as the supplier for the books. Founded by bestselling author, Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess), Nowhere Bookshop is an independent bookstore located at 5154 Broadway in San Antonio, Texas. Featuring new books, author events, unique gifts, and a coffee, wine and beer bar. Phone Number: 210-640-7260

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Our very own SAC Student, Vivian Zapata designed this year's Common Read icon. Vivian is currently a sophomore in the Communication Design degree and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She's set her eyes on becoming a director in the film and graphic design world. We appreciate her beautiful design and hard work on this icon.

Kindness Challenge 5: Be a Culture Builder

People are more likely to exhibit cruelty and indifference when others around us do—and more likely to flex our kindness and empathy when others do, too.  When we encourage callousness or kindness, we lend them social momentum.

The late novelist Amos Oz described combatting hatred as akin to fire-fighting:

“Bring a bucket of water and throw it on the fire, and if you don’t have a bucket, bring a glass, and if you don’t have a glass, use a teaspoon, everyone has a teaspoon. And yes, I know a teaspoon is little and the fire is huge but there are millions of us and each one of us has a teaspoon.”

Today, use the power of social norms for good, by reinforcing or challenging others’ behavior.  If you see someone acting kindly or empathically, recognize and reward that.  If you see someone acting cruelly or indifferently, challenge them.

Reflect on how this goes.  Does it feel uncomfortable and intrusive to voice a norm to others, or does it come naturally?  Do you think your actions made a difference?

Ted Talk

More from the author

Publications by Jamil Zaki 

Opinion: Our divided times are an opportunity for empathy. Really.

During fractious times, empathy can seem as effective as bringing cotton candy to a gunfight. When the other side is viewed as an existential threat, meeting opponents halfway can feel dangerous — equivalent to betraying one’s side and giving up your ideals.

The Technology of Kindness

Diagnosing technology's damaging effects is the first step toward reversing them. Harris co-founded the Center for Humane Technology to encourage developers and investors to build "regenerative," rather than extractive, online platforms. The idea is that our capacity for empathy runs just as deep as our vanity, outrage or fear, and technology should highlight healthier forces

Empathy in the Workplace

Curbside Pickup

Books are ready for pickup!


  • Pick up your copy in Moody Learning Center, 2nd floor, Library (MLC)

Curbside pickup service?

  • Drive up to the Moody Learning Center and text to 210-714-1649, Your Name and Pickup LCR book

What is a Library Common Read?

The Library Common Read provides a shared experience for you by bringing the campus community together to attend a variety of events and talk about empathy. (It's not just talking about a book).

Your benefits

Intellectual engagement

  • The common read can help your academic transition to college: reading helps develop your focus.
  • Your professor sees this as a way to help you across all your classes: even math classes want you to read.

Community engagement

  • You are now part of a campus-wide dialogue: you'll talk with fellow students, staff, and faculty!
  • You'll see civility in action by hearing and exploring different views and experiences: Caring is Sharing.
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